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‘Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance’ with Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby
Thursday 17th September, 7pm
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‘The Last Drop: The Politics of Water’ with Mike Gonzalez
Thursday 24th September, 7pm
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‘Industrial Workers of the World:  the union for all workers’ with Dave Pike
Wednesday 30th September, 7pm
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Three Impostors present: ‘Things Near and Far’ by Arthur Machen
Wednesday October 14th, 7pm
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‘Injustice: Why social inequality still persists’ with Danny Dorling
Thursday 22nd October, 7pm
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An evening with Nawal El Saadawi
Tuesday 27th October, 7pm
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‘Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work’ with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams
Wednesday 28th October, 7pm
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IN-STORE EVENTS at HOUSMANS

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‘Popular Protest in Palestine:

The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance’
with Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby
Thursday 17th September, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


Popular Protest in Palestine provides an overview and analysis of the role and significance of unarmed civil (popular) resistance in the Palestinian national movement. The main focus is on the contemporary popular resistance movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), but it is prefaced by a historical review of the thread of unarmed civil resistance that has run throughout the history of the Palestinian liberation struggle.

It informs a contemporary readership about this under-emphasised dimension of the Palestinian struggle, arguing that at the present juncture the popular resistance movement, especially in the West Bank, is the most significant form of struggle against the ongoing occupation.

Popular Protest in Palestine also addresses the international dimensions of the Palestinian struggle, focusing in particular on the BDS campaign, the role of international solidarity activists in the OPT and beyond, and the changing forms of engagement developed by international agencies seeking to work on the roots of the conflict whilst fulfilling their humanitarian aid mandates.


“With Israeli occupation forces and the U.S.-led “peace process” limiting both military and diplomatic options for achieving their freedom, Palestinians and their supporters are utilizing the power of popular unarmed resistance in their struggle for a viable independent state. Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby have written the most significant and comprehensive study of this important but under-appreciated part of the Palestinian resistance.”

Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies, University of San Francisco

 “A sensitive, thoughtful study, based on personal conversations meticulously documented and analysed by two people committed to nonviolent change and confronted by the heartbreaking realities of the continued oppression of Palestinians. This book reveals the courage of their popular resistance - and of the solidarity of Jewish Israeli activists - and suggests that it is international solidarity that could at last tip the balance.”

(Diana Francis, former President of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and Chair of the Committee for Conflict Transformation Support)


About The Authors


Marwan Darweish is Principal Lecturer in Peace Studies at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. He has extensive experience in conflict transformation and peacebuilding across the Middle East region and internationally. He co-edited Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Contemporary themes and challenges (Pluto 2012).

Andrew Rigby is Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies, Coventry University where he was the founding director of the Centre for Peace & Reconciliation Studies. He is the author of 14 books covering various aspects of nonviolent theory and practice, uncluding Justice and Reconciliation: After the Violence (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001).

 

‘The Last Drop: The Politics of Water’
with Mike Gonzalez
Thursday 24th September, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Launching his latest book Mike Gonzalez reports on the intensifying struggles between the public and multinational companies over this most basic and essential of human resources.

Indispensable for human existence yet increasingly owned and controlled by private capital; the last decade has witnessed an intensifying battle for water. The exploding profits of the multinational companies which dominate the water industry are testimony to how high the stakes are - by 2012 it had become a worth a trillion dollars.  

The Last Drop traces a path through the complex arguments that surround the question of water, setting out to make the technical and scientific arguments more accessible and the political questions more urgent.

Against the market fundamentalists, Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes argue that it is both possible and necessary that considerations of equity and social justice prevail in the debates around water. They call for our water supply to be saved from subordination to the whims of the multinationals and placed under direct democratic public control. This book will be a vital resource for water activists and a wake-up call to everyone who takes for granted what comes out of their kitchen tap.


About The Authors


Mike Gonzalez is Emeritus Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is the co-editor of Arms and the People (Pluto, 2012) and author of Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the Twenty-first Century (Pluto, 2014)


Marianella Yanes is a Venezuelan journalist and writer for television and film. Until January 2009 she worked for the Venezuelan State Oil Corporation (PDVSA) as a journalist and documentary maker.

 

‘Industrial Workers of the World:  the union for all workers’

with Dave Pike
Wednesday 30th September, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a trade union with a rich history and somewhat unique approach to worker solidarity, in that its mission has been to create One Big Union that all workers can join. Today it is not unusual for IWW members to be member of their own trade-specific union as well as the IWW.

Although the IWW’s heyday was in the 1910s and 20s, the union continues to do important and effective work today, winning some notable victories for workers in the UK in recent years.

The National Secretary of the IWW, Dave Pike, introduces the fighting union, what it stands for and how it is winning victories for the working class - like higher wages for cleaners, permanency for temps and safety at work for fast food workers.

The IWW organise so that workers can win for themselves and are not reliant on union full-timers or politicians to fight for them. Come along to this event and find out a little about the IWWs history, what the union is doing in Europe and around the world, and how you can get involved.

Three Impostors present: ‘Things Near and Far’ by Arthur Machen

Wednesday October 14th, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

‘All the wonders lie within a stone’s-throw of King’s Cross Station’.

Arthur Machen, Things Near and Far. The publication of ‘Things Near and Far’ completes Three Impostors edition of Arthur Machen’s autobiographical trilogy. In this book Machen describes his life as a struggling writer in the turbulent literary world of 1890s London, his involvement with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, his years as an actor in the early 20th century, and his explorations on foot of the ‘labyrinthine maze’ of the great city. 

The book is a hard back, with dust jacket, limited to 250 numbered copies, with an introduction by Horatio Clare, photographs, endnotes and an index. Join us for the launch on October 14th, when actor, writer and London tour guide Robert Kingham (www.mimimumlabyrinth.org) will perform a reading of Machen’s unsettling story ‘N’, set in Stoke Newington, but not necessarily the Stoke Newington you may know… 

Complimentary wine and soft drinks available.

 

‘Injustice: Why social inequality still persists’
with Danny Dorling

Thursday 22nd October, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase


In the five years since the first edition of ‘Injustice’ there have been devastating increases in poverty, hunger and destitution in the UK. Globally, the richest 1% have never held a greater share of world wealth, while the share of most of the other 99% has fallen in the last five years, with more and more people in debt, especially the young. Economic inequalities will persist and continue to grow for as long as we tolerate the injustices which underpin them.

This fully rewritten and updated edition revisits Dorling’s claim that Beveridge’s five social evils are being replaced by five new tenets of injustice: elitism is efficient; exclusion is necessary; prejudice is natural; greed is good and despair is inevitable.

By showing these beliefs are unfounded, Dorling offers hope of a more equal society. We are living in the most remarkable and dangerous times. With every year that passes it is more evident that Injustice is essential reading for anyone concerned with social justice and wants to do something about it.


Reviews


"Superb and invaluable ammunition in the fight against inequality and injustice"

Owen Jones, author and Guardian columnist


"Rich insights into how prejudice, presumption and a paucity of regard for our fellow human beings reinforces poverty as well as privilege."

David Cay Johnston, journalist and author, Pulitzer Prize winner


"A rallying point for a different vision of society, one in which elitism is replaced by equality, exclusion and prejudice by acceptance, greed by selflessness, and despair by confidence. It is only in such an environment that individual fulfilment, regardless of position in the social order, and so desperately craved but so rarely realised in capitalist society, is available to all. What, then, are we waiting for?"

The Oxford Left Review


"Think twice before reading this book – you may well become an activist against social injustice, inequality and the exploitation of labour. Danny Dorling gives us words that are weapons."

Ken Loach, director


Paperback, 484 pages, 216 x 138 mm

Other formats available

ISBN 9781447320753

£9.99

An evening with Nawal El Saadawi

Tuesday 27th October, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Housmans are delighted to welcome Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist, Nawal El Saadawi, to discuss her novels, three new editions of which have just been published by Zed Books.

 

Nawal was born in 1931, in a small village outside Cairo. She is the author of over 50 novels and short stories. As well as being a world renowned novelist she is a trained psychiatrist and outspoken advocate for feminism, socialism and anti-imperialism.

Zed Books have republished the following three titles, copies of which will be available on the night:

Woman at Point Zero

 

'All the men I did get to know filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.'

 

So begins Firdaus's remarkable story of rebellion against a society founded on lies, hypocrisy, brutality and oppression. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus struggles through childhood, seeking compassion and knowledge in a world which gives her little of either.

As she grows up and escapes the fetters of her childhood, each new relationship teaches her a bitter but liberating truth - that the only free people are those who want nothing, fear nothing and hope for nothing.

 

This classic novel has been an inspiration to countless people across the world. Saadawi's searing indictment of society's brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today.

The Hidden Face of Eve

 

This powerful account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago.

 

Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering.

She goes on to explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature. Saadawi argues that the veil, polygamy and legal inequality are incompatible with the essence of Islam or any human faith.

 

The Hidden Face of Eve remains a classic of modern Arab writing.

God Dies by the Nile

 

God Dies by the Nile is Nawal El Saadawi's classic attempt to square religion with a society in which women are respected as equals. Set in Kafr El Teen - a beautiful, sleepy village on the banks of the Nile - it follows Zakeya, an ordinary villager, as she awakens to and struggles against the injustice and oppression around her.

 

‘Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work’ with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

Wednesday 28th October, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Despite the profound crisis of capitalism and the mass mobilizations of people around the world in response, there has been no successful contestation of neoliberalism’s hegemony. Inventing the Future is a major new manifesto that argues for a novel set of alternatives for the future—alternatives which seek to rekindle a popular modernity.

Against the confused understanding of the high-tech and neoliberal world by both the right and the left, this book claims that the emancipatory and future-oriented possibilities of our society can be reclaimed. Instead of running from a complex future, the authors envisage a post-capitalist economy is capable of advancing living standards, liberating humanity from work and developing technologies which free us from biological and environmental constraints.

Reviews

“Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams' project dares to propose a different way of thinking and acting. Given the fizzling of the Occupy moment, a radical rethinking of the anarchic approach is badly needed but just not happening. This book could do a lot of work in getting that rethink going.”

– Doug Henwood, author of Wall Street


“The Left has lost its grip on the future. In retreat from technological modernity, too many leftists have fled to the local, the organic and the spontaneous. Inventing the Future shows why these strategies are misguided, and offers a vision of how left-wing politics can be rebuilt for the 21st century.”

– Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism: Is there no Alternative?


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